This Week In Indie Bookstores

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Bloomberg takes a look at whether bookstores will weather the COVID-19 crisis.

Publishers Weekly reports that April bookstore sales were down—by sixty-five percent.

The American Booksellers Association looks at how independent bookstores across the country marked Juneteenth.

San Francisco’s City Lights Bookstore reopens, after facing the possibility of a permanent closure.

Meanwhile, Barnes & Noble’s Upper East Side flagship store is closing.

And Miami’s Books & Books is closing their Lincoln Road location.

But check out Los Angeles’s thriving Black-owned bookstores.

Customers are eagerly returning to bookstores in London.

Publisher’s Weekly named Porter Square Books its Bookstore of the Year.

Russian bookstores are selling copies of the new Russian constitution before voters have even approved the measures.

As bookstores move online, so do threats to their online business.

Two rare book thieves are sentenced to house arrest.


Ian MacAllen is the author of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2022). His writing has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, Southern Review of Books, The Offing, 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, and elsewhere. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →